Florida does not grant K Marvin Kloss admission

By Adam Silverstein
February 18, 2010

Though he was offered a scholarship and grayshirt by the South Florida Bulls, three-star kicker Marvin Kloss (Naples, FL) had decided to accept a walk-on offer from the Florida Gators pending his admission. Unfortunately for Kloss and the Gators, the University of Florida decided not to grant him admission due to his grades and test scores; he will now be a preferred walk-on with the Bulls.

“If [Florida] can get me in, I’m going up there,” Kloss said earlier in the week. “I want to play right away, and they’re a lot better [than USF] scholarship-wise with just one kicker and one punter on scholarship.” His tune obviously had to change on Thursday. “It wasn’t that hard a decision,” Kloss told the St. Petersburg Times. “I thought about it, sat down with my coach and my parents, and overall, I just had a better feel about USF.”

His grade point average and test scores already earned him a Florida Bright Futures scholarship, though they were obviously not high enough to get him into UF. Kloss had previously told the Times that Gators interim head coach and offensive coordinator Steve Addazio would be taking his paperwork to the admissions office on Wednesday.

Kloss had scholarship offers from the Purdue Boilermakers and Marshall Thundering Heard before National Signing Day, both of which he declined in order to attempt a walk-on. He is not guaranteed a scholarship from USF, especially since he will be competing with the six kickers already on the team’s roster this spring.

Photo Credit: David Albers/Naples Daily News

23 Comments

  1. ZURBO says:

    he must not be that good….or else we would have got him

  2. Mr2Bits says:

    If he had a scholarship from UF we could have made it in 😉 He was probably as close to a 3.0 as you can get. When I was in college, SAT had nothing to do with bright futures but who knows as that may have changed. Oh well.

  3. ReptilesRule says:

    That’s a shame. Best of luck to the young man.

  4. SaraGator says:

    Too bad…

  5. Mitch says:

    Obviously a hug difference qualifying for UF as scholarship recruit vs. walk-on that must have to meet conventional standards. I think you can get a basic bright futures with 3.0 and around 1000 SAT. No way that gets you in UF under regular admission standards. More like over 3.5 and 1250 SAT to have a shot.

  6. dp says:

    Adam what’s the real story…come on, if the team wanted him, he would be a Gator.

  7. Wingtee says:

    I am not buying this. This kid is a bright future winner , yet we allow some of these “Eienstines” in our program who can barley read and write?

    Typical Uf BS

  8. 1) Einstein not Eienstine – quite funny.
    2) Kloss had to be granted admission as a student, not a student-athlete. There are different levels and requirements for each.
    3) Earning a FBF scholarship, while great, does not guarantee you admission into the best school in the state of Florida. In fact, I would venture to say the vast majority of those honored with FBFs are not accepted to UF.

    So you don’t have to buy it, but it is true and there is nothing surprising about it to me.

  9. Mr2Bits says:

    Found out his SAT was 1080….case closed. Would have really enjoyed having him especially on kick offs as this kid had a leg.

  10. There you go. And that’s not 1080 out of 1600, I believe. I think the SATs are now out of 2400 or something crazy like that.

  11. gator347 says:

    My niece (FL resident) had a FULL Navy (NROTC) but the FEDs were too slow with $$$ for UF. UF said if my sister wanted to put the Money Up Front, UF would take her.
    She went Auburn (ALL EXPENSES PAID by the NAVY) graduated from Auburn, and is doing great in the Navy. Go Figure

  12. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    Mabye the FBF requirements need to be revisited!!!

  13. Huh? Why should they be? You want less kids to have the opportunity to earn scholarships? There are many different levels of FBF scholarships, some 50%, some 75% some 100% rides. The better grades and test scores get the better scholarships.

  14. Mark01 says:

    Don’t preferred walk-ons get the same admission standards as scholly athletes.

    I’m pretty sure they can get someone in as long as he qualifys. He doesn’t have to get admitted like a normal student would.

    I find it hard to believe he had a BF scholarship and the football program couldn’t get him in.

  15. I don’t work in admissions, so I cannot say for sure. But I think walk-ons are judged as students and recruits are judged as student-athletes. Walk-ons are not on scholarship so no exceptions need to be made for them. I’m not sure how else I need to explain FBF scholarships to you guys. Just getting one does not mean you are able to attend the University of Florida. Can’t be any more clear on this issue.

  16. Drew 4 Orange & Blue says:

    My understanding is FBF is to reward those high school kids who have excelled academically….you would certainly expect someone who fits that (even the lower level) to test a bit better than 1080 when the average is over 1500.

  17. Maybe his grades are high but SAT low. Not sure why this is such a big deal. He didn’t qualify. The university doesn’t have something against the football team where they were trying to keep him out of school. There is no conspiracy here.

  18. dp says:

    Well, I hope Sturgis gets his act together fast…we can’t deal with his nonsense this season.

  19. dp says:

    I’m sorry to keep harping on this and I guess I am just ignorant to how this works but can you please explain…are we saying players like, Gary Brown (no offense Gary), have better grades and SAT scores than this kid? Please explain.

  20. No, that is not what is being said. Students who receive athletic scholarships have lower admission requirements for most schools compared to students who do not participate in athletics. There are different requirements. Kloss, in this instance, was applying to UF as a student not a student-athlete because he would have been a walk-on to the program and not received a Gators scholarship. Therefore, his admission requirements were those of a regular student (higher) not a student-athlete (lower). I am sure UF was willing to bend a little given his circumstances, but obviously his numbers were not where they needed to be. Hope you understand now.

    Side note: There are plenty of athletes who, even with the lower admission requirements, have not been able to qualify for an athletic scholarship at UF. Dee Finley was one of them – he had to go to prep school for a year to raise his grades so he could get into school at Florida.

  21. dp says:

    Thanks Adam, I figured it was something like that. If he is a walk-on at USF and we offer him a scholarship next year will he have to sit out a year as other transfers do? Or is it different for walk-ons? Promise I won’t comment on this thread again!

  22. g8ter27 says:

    Ummm, dp, I am sure gary Brown had at least a 3.5 and a 1250 SAT. Come on, just take a look at that mug shot. lol

  23. I am not sure, dp. I think it depends if he actually makes the team as a walk-on. But if he’s not on the Gators this year, I would expect them to simply recruit a kicker next year.

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